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Grateful Dead Live at Scranton Catholic Youth Center on 1971-04-13




Set 1
Disc 1

d1t01 - //Casey Jones
d1t02 - Mama Tried
d1t03 - Loser
d1t04 - Big Boss Man
d1t05 - Me And Bobbie McGee
d1t06 - Bertha
d1t07 - Cumberland Blues
d1t08 - //Big Railroad Blues
d1t09 - Playing in the Band
d1t10 - Hard To Handle
d1t11 - Sugar Magnolia

Set 2
Disc 2

d2t01 - //Truckin' >>
d2t02 - Drums >>
d2t03 - Good Lovin'
d2t04 - I Second that Emotion
d2t05 - Greatest Story >>
d2t06 - Johnny B. Goode
d2t07 - //Uncle John's Band


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date April 13, 1971
Venue Scranton Catholic Youth Center
Location Scranton, PA

Source Bertha Remaster of the Master Reel source (shn ID 32015)
Lineage SBD > MR > DAT > FLAC > DAW(Bertha) > Audio DVD > DVD Audio Extractor v.3.3.2 (audio files extracted prior to burning to DVD disc) > 24/48 wav > downsampled to 44.1 wav with Wave Lab v.5.00a > dithered to from 24-16 bit depth with Wave Lab UV22 HR Plugin > SBEs fixed with shntool v.2.0.3 (by set) > files rennamed with File Renamer v.1.0.0 > FLAC encoding with FLAC Frontend v.1.7.1 Etree Edition, FLAC v.1.1.2 (level 6)


Notes

Jay's Notes:

Digitally Remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha, by jashley@deadacated.com. Completed January 6, 2006.

Frequency analysis revealed a strange upward slope from around 12khz out beyond 22khz. This is why the high end is so bright and tinny sounding. It's not known what caused this, though, it is not very common to see this on a master reel source. Perhaps the recorder had an extended range setting that was set improperly or possibly recorded with dolby and played back without dolby. In any case, the curve was corrected, making for a more natural sounding high end.

The mix is all over the place, sometimes perfect and sometimes overdriven and badly distorted. Together with the cuts, somebody must have been a bit too Stoned. And at the Catholic Center no less...the shame. LOL!

From the original text file, prior to Bertha Remastering:

MSR>DAT3x>Delta Dio 2496 soundcard>Soundforge>Flac

This is the complete show. A couple of seconds are missing at the start of four songs

The original Audio DVD as well as the CD version are available at http://server2.deadacated.com:9000/index.html
Thanks to Jay Ashley for all his hard work on this show!
CD version created 2006-01-10 by Gary F.

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - April 14, 2014
Subject: -
To my ears, all versions of this recording so far sound identical, aside from how much of the show is on them.

The Good Lovin' is spectacular, both Pig's rap and the jamming. The Second That Emotion is also awesome.

On the whole, though, kind of a shabby show, but yeah, great effort.
Reviewer: rrschwz28 - - August 26, 2012
Subject: great show
Is there a slight bit of high-end peaking, or are my speakers blown?

It doesn't matter, this is a five-star effort. It would be nice, of course, if we could hear Ron's organ. And check out Phil essentially singing lead at the beginning of Cumberland, until Jerry and Bob decide to join him.
Reviewer: majestyscrusaide - - November 9, 2010
Subject: After the St. Pattys Parade
Was this the night of the St. Patrick's day parade ?

At the concession stand they sold pints of orange drink from Blue Ribbon Dairy.
Reviewer: thoughtman - - November 27, 2009
Subject: I was there
hello-
The Catholic Youth Center, or CYC for better or worse, Was a relatively large concrete building that was basically a gym where local highschools held events like basketball. It was owned by the Diocese of Scranton but during the seventies and and eighties it held many a rock concert, wrestling and boxing show. The building still stands though I believe the local university now owns it.

OK, to the matter at hand. I remember the Blue Riders of the Purple Sage opening, three singers across the front of the stage and Jerry playing pedal steel. The singing was great and the music most entertaining except I was pressed up against the right hand bass speaker. A couple of times I thought my innards might liquify.

As for the Dead, I remember something that happened between the Dead taking the stage and the music eventually beginning. There was an obnoxious guy with a british accent whining that the yellow spotlights will "burn the retinas, no, too bright, they'll burn the retinas. Let's see what you get when you use red and blue" to which Bob Weir replied "why you'll get purple of course". The British guy shut up. Finally.

-thanks be seeing you
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - February 16, 2009
Subject: How Big Was the Youth Center?
Who knows? But the Grateful Dead made it sound huge.

An excellent show with the New Riders opening... sadly truncated by curfew? There's not a lot written, but perhaps there should be.

It's a fine outing by essentially, a four piece band (and cameo singer), who was pretty hot to trot those days. All first set songs are epic, peppy versions so full of energy it's hard to stop dancing. This show was well enough recorded a listener can immediately sense the depth of it. The subsequent remaster renders this a true find.

There's some eccentric playing too. Noteworthy is the wacky groove they catch on Hard to Handle. You just wish it would never stop.

And SO many great versions of alltime faves:

Playin' is short and sassy!

Sugar Magnolia rages!

Truckin' is hypnotic!

Pigpen Good Lovin'... lunatic!

This show is OUTRAGEOUS!

Listen for the Darkness Darkness hint before the final verse/chorus of Good Lovin.' Classic. Picture Jerry, Bobby, Phil and Pig singing their fool heads off. Beyond electric.

Then whap! into Second That Emotion. Oh Holy Night! Phil's bass feels like it's sittin' in your lap. Yet, STE is probably the one song that does not fit in, but so what?
It just sounds sooooo goooooooood.

Interesting choppy guitar, early version of Greatest which is cut off before JBG. Jerry, whose guitar has been glistening all evening, shreds.

And...totally spent, the band's UJB is a sweet and easy closer.

Even with inherent tape operator glitches (5 song beginnings/endings are clipped) this effort merits a 10.
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